Police: Local nurse steals patients' morphine, dilutes it with mouthwash

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on February 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 5:33 PM

(KMOV) -- A licensed St. Louis County nurse faces charges after she allegedly stole morphine from elderly patients at an Ellisville health care facility. 

Christi Franklin, 27, was charged with felony stealing of a controlled substance. She does not yet have a listed attorney.

According to charging documents, Franklin admitted to stealing morphine from Bethesda Meadows patients and then diluting their medicine with water and mouthwash to cover her tracks.

The thefts reportedly took place between April 6 and July 6.

A statement issued by Bethesda Health Group said the misuse was reported as soon as it was discovered and Franklin was immediately fired. 

Officials say they believe Franklin tampered with medicine of one or two patients at the facility.

They say the incident was isolated and resolved.

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